Okay my friend has an old laptop he got from a pawn shop. It is a gateway and it has an Intel celeron m 520 @ 1.60ghz ,1596mhz, 1core, 1 logical processor. That is what it says in system info exactly. Total installed memory RAM is 512, physical memory 445mb, and the available memory is 79.9mb. system type is x86-based pc. The model number is ML3109. It came with windows vista SP 2 installed from the factory.
The pc is in good shape it boots fine and all but the problem as you can see is memory. it runs really slow. I see that there is a ton of crap in memory that is not needed. My friend does not have allot of money so I need to do this a cheap as possible. I don't think that he can go for more ram now in the future maybe. Unfortunately I don't like going into laptops so I would have to take it to someone to install memory if it were a tower I would do it no problem. So I was going to reinstall vista without the crap I have a vista cd from my pops old emachine and the product key is still on the laptop.
But I was wondering if I installed windows XP SP3 instead would the system run better because of the ram? I know win vista and 7 really need at least 1 gig of ram to be okay. And xp was designed for the older pc's with less ram. I don't know really what do you guys think? The pc is only going to be used for web surfing and stuff he is not looking to do anything crazy with it. Just some educational kids games for his daughter. Any advice would be very appreciated. Thanks,